Animation Backgrounds is an amazing blog!
I am sure that these random scenes strike a chord in everybody who was exposed to cartoons from an early age.
I was especially amazed to find background pictures of "Donald in Mathmagic Land" which I remember having seen aged six, as a pre-film to "Bambi". Somehow these expressive, blue landscapes have stayed longer in my memory than the traumatic main feature. (although I was always pretty bad in math!)
The magnifying focus on random scenes, such as kitchens, back-alleys and stages, mostly shifted out of conventional angles and perspective, offers a fascinating insight into the American landscape of the last 80 years.
I guess that the freaky rocks and desert roads which make up the background of the Roadrunner-toons were always more real to me as the real thing.
Despite it´s nerdy theme, the site created by Rob Richards, is no excentric niche-blog. Many commenters proof the worldwide interest in these pre-pop-art paintings, which seem to be sold for insane amounts of money.
Who would have thought that background pictures of old cartoons would have a longer life than any ACME-product?
Sweet & Sexy
Kodak Instamatik Reflection
Fiesta (probably not) in Belo Horizonte
The b/w photos are by great photographer Arno Fischer, who is the most prominent fashion-photographer of former German Democratic Republic.
The colour photos were taken from the book Off the Wall.
Click the legends to listen to great (west)-German ad-music and stock-jazz of the era.
You got to be tough for this one, but somebody had to do it!
German blog Antiteilchen has descended into the deepest deep of online hook-up sites and brought amazing treasures to the surface. Whatever he hoped to find there, I doubt it was this!
At the time of writing, "Antiteilchen" has compiled 24 parts of a photo-series called "Schwule Wohnkultur (gay way of living), challenging the cliche that gay men have better taste in decorating their habitat.
Surreal to a point that no artist could have imagined, these photos are either funny and/or repelling. You can easily forget that these men are actually trying to "promote" themselves.
Either oblivious to their surroundings, or completely unfazed by a globalized vision of "good taste", but always true to their obsessions, they put themselves into the center of attention. Everything else is just a bonus!
Clicking the pictures will make them larger (I am sorry!). Watch for the details!
Hang ten squared
Symmetry & Sunburn
Siegfried without Roy